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Thread: Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

  1. #1
    Larry Guest

    Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

    I have a member server that I cannot change the computer name on. The change
    button is grayed out. The machine is a member of the domain and you can
    login with domain credentials. I am logging in with domain admin credentials.

    Has anyone else run into this and resolved it?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Meinolf Weber Guest

    Re: Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

    Hello Larry,

    What is the exact error message? Also check that the machine is pointing
    only to you internal DNS server.

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    alorbach Guest
    Is this a "member" server only, or is it a Domain Controller?
    Changing names of Domain Controllers is afaik not possible.

  4. #4
    saral6978@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

    On Jan 16, 8:56*am, alorbach <alorbach.33a...@DoNotSpam.com> wrote:
    > Is this a "member" server only, or is it a Domain Controller?
    > Changing names of Domain Controllers is afaik not possible.
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    Yeah, I've only ever seen this happen when the server happens to be a
    DC...are you sure it is not a DC? I've never had a problem renaming a
    member server before. The option has never been greyed out like that
    - only with DCs.

  5. #5
    Meinolf Weber Guest

    Re: Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

    Hello alorbach,

    You can also rename a domain controller, but that is not the best solution.
    I prefer the start from scratch instead of renaming a DC.

    With the netdom tool you can also rename a Domain controller:
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/window....mspx?mfr=true


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    > Is this a "member" server only, or is it a Domain Controller? Changing
    > names of Domain Controllers is afaik not possible.
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  6. #6
    Ace Fekay [MVP] Guest

    Re: Cannot change the name of a windows 2003 domain server

    In news:AB9DC589-36C5-41B4-9508-92165A1CCED4@microsoft.com,
    Larry <Larry@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > I have a member server that I cannot change the computer name on.
    > The change button is grayed out. The machine is a member of the
    > domain and you can login with domain credentials. I am logging in
    > with domain admin credentials.
    >
    > Has anyone else run into this and resolved it?
    >
    > Thanks.


    Was this member server ever a DC?

    Is the member server in an OU or the default Computers container?
    Is there a security policy such as an enhanced security tempate at the
    domain or OU level in place?
    What modifications, if any, were ever made in the Default Domain Policy?
    How about in the OU where the member server resides?
    Any third party software installed? This can include personal firewall,
    antivirus, security software (McAfee, Symantec, AVG, etc etc etc).
    Are there any errors on the DCs' Event logs?
    Can you post an UNEDITED ipconfig /all of this server and one of your DCs
    please? This will give all of us a better idea of how your AD infrastructure
    configuration and possibly a resolution, along with the other questions, for
    starters.


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